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Certificate forgery being dealt with seriously: Balkhi

Certificate forgery being dealt with seriously: Balkhi

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May 09, 2017 - 20:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Educationinfo-icon Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi on Tuesday acknowledged forgery and corruption in issuance process of 12th grade school certificate, calling it ‘dangerous and impactful.’ However, he said serious efforts had been launched to resolve the problem.

An investigative report by Pajhwok Afghan News published on May 1 found that the lengthy procedure for obtaining high school certificate from the government department concerned has paved the ground for corruption and kickbacks.

On Tuesday in Kabul, a procedure made by the Afghan Coordination Against Corruption (AFCAC) was submitted to the Ministry of Education (MoE) at a ceremony.

The procedure was about results, registration, printing and distribution of 12th grade school certificates.

Addressing the event, Education Minister Balkhi said some reforms had been brought to the certificate issuance process and the reform process had been accelerated.

“I don’t deny and overtly say that some mafia members are forging school certificates in front of the MoE.”

According to him, earlier about 800 people were issued school certificates on a daily basis, but now the number has risen to 1,500 a day.

In the past, individuals coming from provinces to Kabul for obtaining certificates had to wait for some 20 days, something now done in a week, the minister added.

He called school certificates a vital document for students’ future studies and career and said tempering with the key document was dangerous and impactful.

Balkhi said counterfeiters had been able to mix up forged certificates with original ones during their stamping and signature.

He said his ministry would work more seriously to identify forgers and produce them before the law. But he said the MoE alone could not overcome the problem and needed help from other relevant institutions and non-government organizations.

He hailed AFCAC’S initiatives aimed at bringing about reforms in the certificate issuance process and said civil societyinfo-icon organizations and foreign supporters could play a vital and important role in curbing corruption and forgery.

Sadaqat Ali Zia, AFCAC chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that their working group consisted of 25 members and the group had conducted studies in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces about certificates distribution process.

Ali Zia said the group’s findings showed the certificate issuance process was cumbersome and lengthy amid lack of workforce.

He said AFCAC presented a procedure to MoE aimed at resolving issues and simplifying the certificates issuance process. The procedure reduces to seven from 12 the steps needed to obtain high school certificate.

The AFCAC in the sphere of school certificates' distribution is being financed by the Democracy International (DI) organization.

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